O Come All Ye Faithful


“Come on in; we have a place for you.” Doesn’t it feel good to be welcomed to a friend’s home or family gathering? Especially at church, it’s great to feel like you fit in. I am thankful the church I attend is a godly, friendly church. It’s wonderful to congratulate and assimilate visitors, guests, and new people. I think of the Christmas hymn “O Come All Ye Faithful” as a song to welcome those who are regular attenders. This song is also a universal favorite. Its catchy tune plays as a regular feature on my Christmas rotation. First sung in Catholic churches, the song dates back to manuscripts written as early as 1744 by Englishman John Wade.

For years, “O Come All Ye Faithful” was known as an anonymous Latin hymn. The tune named “Adeste Fideles” is taken from the original Latin, translated means “be present or hear, ye faithful.” The Latin has now been translated into more than 100 different languages. The four stanzas include a view of the infant Jesus in the stable in Bethlehem, the angelic choir singing praise to God and praise to the Word who was with the Father in the beginning. 

O come, all ye faithful,
Joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem.
Come and behold Him,
Born the King of Angels!

O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord. 

“O Come All Ye Faithful” is a reminder for us, the faithful, who will may gather in His name and sing, “O Come Let Us Adore Him, Christ, The Lord.” 

Lord, let us be found among the faithful, singing your praises as we adore you, Christ the Lord.

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